Most adolescents and adults identify themselves as heterosexual. However, paediatricians and other health care providers must be aware of the significant psychological, social and medical issues that face young people who are gay, lesbian or bisexual. Almost all of these issues arise from the stigmatization that these youth face, rather than from the orientation itself 1 , 2. Rather, the practitioner must create an environment in which the adolescent can discuss any questions or worries that they have, whether they identify themselves as homosexual, have found that they are attracted to people of the same gender, have had a sexual encounter with someone of the same gender or are confused about their feelings.
If you've ever wondered if you're gay, lesbian, or bisexual, you're not alone. Many teens ask themselves this question. It is a normal part of life. Maybe you've been attracted to someone of the same gender or you may have even kissed or had other sexual contact with someone of the same sex.
Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Teens: Facts for Teens and Their Parents
It's normal to wonder about coming out telling people that we're gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. On the one hand, it might feel like a relief: Friends might be asking questions that you avoid or have trouble answering. On the other hand, you probably think about how your world could change: How will people react? Will the people you tell spread the word to someone you'd prefer didn't know? There are also plenty of reasons why people decide not to come out, such as:.
Given that the topic of this study was friendships and romantic relationships, this survey asked teens about their sexual orientation and their gender identity. While the number of teens responding who identified as LGTBQ was not large enough to use sexual orientation or gender identity as a point of analysis, we share the data here for those who may be otherwise interested in this data from a nationally representative sample of American teens ages 13 to Most teens in this study describe their sexual orientation as heterosexual and their gender identity as not transgender.